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Dispute Resolution Solicitor

Commercial Litigation

Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth or Southampton

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We have an exciting new opportunity for a motivated and enthusiastic Solicitor (NQ – 2 PQE ideally) to join our Dispute Resolution team led by Mark Rhys-Jones. Based from Bristol, Exeter, or Plymouth with a blend of home and office working available to offer support and flexibility, this is an excellent opportunity to work with household name clients as part of an ambitious team.

What you'll do

From the outset you will be encouraged to work with independence where you feel comfortable doing so, managing a small commercial litigation caseload with assistance from senior team members to provide you with the guidance you need to develop your skills and confidence. Typically, you will be working on matters in excess of £50k, advising clients of varying size and complexity and working with inhouse legal teams as appropriate. We're keen to enable you to expand your skills and confidence so that you can progress to greater ownership of more complex matters over time. Equally, we'll focus on your client relationship building skills from the outset, ensuring you have plenty of opportunity to spend time getting know our clients. Our client relationships are incredibly important to us, and you will be encouraged to develop strong and lasting professional relationships with new and existing clients and gain the insights and expertise needed to offer hands on, practical advice to them on an ongoing basis. 

If you're enthusiastic about business development – both for the team and the firm more widely – we will actively support and encourage you to engage in profile building and networking activities from the outset. This could include attending events, engaging in knowledge sharing forums or showing your enthusiasm for your practice area through the development of thought leadership via social media. We're passionate about partnering with clients to really understand what they want to achieve and how we can support them in this in order, to build long lasting and rewarding relationships with them.

In return for your commitment and motivation, we will offer you excellent career development opportunities, along with a combination of structured and flexible learning and development options to suit you as you progress. Through access to our Business Skills Academy, you'll benefit from all the support you need to develop your confidence, networking and client facing skills, whilst continuing to develop your technical skills. By working together, we'll ensure you have the right environment to flourish to help you achieve your longer-term career ambitions. 

What we're looking for

With experience of working on a variety of commercial litigation matters in a similar or larger sized firm, you may be a Solicitor looking for the next step in your career, seeking to work with larger and more complex clients.  You will be used to working with larger companies on commercial litigation matters, as opposed to general litigation work, and have a good awareness of the kinds of issues which can arise. You will be motivated to seek to expand your skills and knowledge, being keen to learn from those around you and sharing your knowledge in return. You are proactive and positive, seeking to develop your skills with clients, and to increase your understanding of the commercial context of their business in order to provide the right advice at the right moment. 

You'll be accustomed to being challenged, working to tight deadlines and delivering the highest quality of service to highly valued clients whilst maintain an approachable team orientated style. If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you.

Our offer to you

In return for your efforts, you can expect considerable scope for personal as well as professional development. Tailored to match the level you're working at, we encourage people to engage with our popular and well supported coaching and mentoring programmes, which connect you to people right across the firm and at every level. We create space for mental and physical wellbeing with our weekly Lifestyle Hour, along with private medical insurance for all lawyers, 28 days annual leave and a sabbatical you can take every 5 years. Employees can also buy and sell holiday, managing your benefits flexibly using our sophisticated portal to configure your total reward offer according to what you value most. As part of this, you can make ongoing or one-off donations to our charitable foundation and access our CSR programme where you can engage with community-based initiatives (as a team, or individually) twice a year, to give something back where you feel it matters.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this role, please contact our Recruitment Team via email in the first instance, and we will come back to you as soon as we can: [email protected]

Why Foot Anstey?

As one of the UK's fastest growing law firms, Foot Anstey believes in helping our clients and people achieve their ambitions, unlocking new and exciting opportunities. Our team of business and legal advisors are motivated by understanding clients' goals and collaborating with them and other advisers to deliver solutions.  By becoming our clients’ most trusted advisor, we are enabling them to achieve their ambitions. How we do it is just as important as what we do. Our values define the way we act with our clients and one another every day, and because of these we think our culture and environment sets us apart.

Over our history we've grown from a high-street firm to a significant regional and national player working with leading brands and individuals predominantly across six key sectors: Private Equity, Retail & Consumer, Energy & Infrastructure, Islamic Finance, Developers  and Private Wealth. Our strategy of gaining market share through meeting clients' needs, investing in and developing high quality talent and using technology and innovation to enhance our services has led to significant growth. We now operate from eight locations: Truro, Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton, Bristol, Southampton and London, as well as a 'hub' base in Oxford.

Our people are central to our success, in every part of the business. We actively support our employees to achieve their aspirations through offering meaningful careers with balanced rewards, which have been carefully designed to focus on personal wellbeing. We offer continual opportunities for support and professional development through our Business Skills Academy and Digital Skills Academy, and believe in empowering each other to achieve and strive to create a progressive and inclusive working environment. Being forward-thinking, we are open to discussing flexible working patterns for all of our vacancies, with over 40% of our existing employees having a permanent flexible working pattern. In addition, our impressive suite of flexible benefits will enable you to prioritise what matters most to you. 

Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace is integral to delivering our strategy, and we were delighted to be awarded the National Equality Standard for a second time in 2021.  We consider this to be right at the heart of our priorities, and goes way beyond our policies – it’s something we consider across everything we do, from the make-up of our client teams, encouraging staff to reach their potential, through to our leadership. We aim to support our clients and our people to achieve their goals, regardless of background, gender, race, beliefs, sexuality or other non-work related factors. We champion aspiration and encourage it in everyone that works with us.  As such we actively encourage applications from all suitably qualified people, regardless of any characteristics protected by law. If you apply for this role you may be encouraged to answer our diversity and social mobility monitoring questions, so please be reassured that any answers you provide will remain entirely anonymous and confidential and will in no way impact your application.

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